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It's the Garnet Barnsdale Show in HANA Shoot-Out

01:28 AM 30 Sep 2014 NZDT
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Kim and Garnet Barnsdale, harness racing
Kim and Garnet Barnsdale

September 29, 2014 - The first stanza of the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile is in the books and for the week, it was the Garnet Barnsdale Show in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Shoot-Out Handicapping Contest. 

Barnsdale was hot this week, earning a weekly net profit of $3,254 to bring his overall net profit to $711.30, leapfrogging from 11th place to 5th place in the thick of things as he is now only $1,356.85 behind overall leader Bob Zanakis whose overall net profit is $2,086.15, just $718.15 ahead of 2nd place Mark McKelvie. Josi Verlingieri sits in 3rd place with Brandon Valvo and the aforementioned Barnsdale within $250 of her.

Day 1 of The Red Mile meet was a tough challenge for all the handicappers with Verlingieri being the only handicapper to score a significant profit of $155 thanks to a $150 win ticket on the winner of the 4th division of the Bluegrass stakes for 2yo filly trotters as Bee The Queen returned a $405 dividend.

Day 2 and 3 of the meet was all Barnsdale. On the 2nd day of the meet, Barnsdale earned a net profit of $1,405 thanks to his wagers in the 1st division of the Bluegrass stakes for 2yo filly pacers. A $200 exacta of Better Be Steppin and Hillary's Style returned him $720 while a $50 trifecta including Rock Her World for third return $935. Dennis O'Hara had a daily profit of $175 while Gordon Waterstone earned $100.

On the 3rd day of the meet, Barnsdale increased his net profit by $2,349 in the 3rd division of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2yo colt pacers. A $40 superfecta partial wheel ($240 total ticket) of Art Speak-Sicily-Traceur Hanover-Blood Brother returned a dividend of $2,252 while a straight $10 trifecta paid $347.

Also rans on day 3 were Verlingieri with a $250 net profit and Rusty Nash with a $178.50 net thanks to winning exactas in the 1st division of the Bluegrass for 3yo colt pacers and the FFA pacers at Scioto Downs in the Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace. Derick Giwner earned $112 for the day.

The final day of the 1st stanza of The Red Mile meet was a tough day for all and the only winner of note was Rusty Nash whose $119 net profit was fueled by a $15 trifecta key ($90) in the 1st division of the Bluegrass for 3yo colt trotters which paid $369.

The current standings after the completion of the weekend's activity are:

 

As of September 28, 2014 - Leg 38

Pos

Handicapper

Week Gain

Net Profit

Behind

1st

Bob Zanakis

($863.20)

$2,086.15

 

2nd

Mark McKelvie

($560.00)

$1,350.00

$718.15

3rd

Josi Verlingieri

($95.00)

$933.05

$1,135.10

4th

Brandon Valvo

($970.00)

$745.00

$1,323.15

5th

Garnet Barnsdale

$3,254.00

$711.30

$1,356.85

6th

Rusty Nash

$8.00

($434.76)

$2,502.91

7th

Brian McEvoy

$100.00

($459.00)

$2,527.15

8th

Gordon Waterstone

$77.00

($623.30)

$2,691.45

9th

Earl Paulson

($727.50)

($1,918.00)

$3,986.15

10th

Derick Giwner

($282.00)

($2,306.23)

$4,374.38

11th

Ray Garnett

($448.00)

($3,031.10)

$5,099.25

12th

Sally Hinckley

($643.00)

($3,084.90)

$5,153.05

13th

Ann Stepien

($590.80)

($3,189.71)

$5,257.86

14th

Dennis O'Hara

($555.00)

($3,349.90)

$5,418.05

15th

Ray Cotolo

($750.00)

($6,598.40)

$8,666.55

                                                                                

This week, the second stanza of the Red Mile meet is the focus of the handicapping challenge with Thursday racing featuring the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2yo filly trotters.  Friday’ contests include the ISS for 2yo colt trotters and filly pacers.  Saturday’s tilts include the ISS for 2yo colt pacers and the Garnsey Memorial for 3yo filly pacers in addition to the Tatersalls for 3yo open pacers.  Closing day in Lexington features a quartet of races, the first heat of the Kentucky Futurity and Kentucky Filly Futurity plus older horses in the Allerage for 3yo open trotters and pacers as well as their corresponding filly and mare stakes.   As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.      

by Allan Schott, for HANA   

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